Cannibal to Herbivore: Mike Tyson Goes Vegan

The rumors are confirmed. ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson, the same man who took a bite of Evander Holyfield’s ear and whose controversial past never seems fade away, appears to have finally found some peace. His “no drama” stance on life now  includes a profound love for pigeons and a totally vegan diet (he is starring in an new Animal Planet show about pigeon racing – not so vegan?).  You can add Tyson’s name to a growing list of heavy-hitters who follow a veg diet, including Mac Danzig, Jake Shields, Rob Bigwood, Ricky Williams, Georges Laraque and others. Maybe Gladiators really were vegan!

According to USAToday.com:

“Tyson is starring in a reality TV series on Animal Planet in which he races pigeons. He says he’s become a vegan and has “no drama” in his life right now, which he concedes is an odd feeling for an athlete notorious for his brushes with the law.”

Thanks to MindBodyGreen.com for the tip!

Rich Roll: Ultraman, Cheap Spring Tees & Worldwide Bakesales

• Just in time for spring and summer, get organic cotton tees from Turk + Taylor for only $5 or $10! Wowee!

• Get to know Rich Roll: ultraman, vegan, endurance athlete. Named one of Men’s Fitness Magazine’s “25 Fittest Guys in the World” for 2009, Rich Roll is an ultra-distance endurance runner, swimmer, and cyclist—and gets his nutrients from plants. Take that you Paleo-fad-diet-people.


Ultraman Athlete Rich Roll: Vegan Endurance Athlete

Hang this in your office where other dudes (and the ladies) can see it:

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• Thousands of independent groups will be holding vegan bake sales in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia and New Zealand. In 2009, the WVBS raised over $25,000 for a variety of worthy causes, and won VegNews Magazine’s “Veg Event of the Year” award.  Read the whole article at GirlieGirlArmy.com

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McQueen’s Murdered Tiger, Knowledgeable Cotton, Foie Gras Rebel Rousing & More Man Bags

• Knowledge Apparel in Denmark has some shirts and shorts that I love, all in 100% organic cotton. I recently contacted them to see if the small leather tags on some of their other organic apparel is real or not. I will let you know what they (and I, in response) say ! In the meantime, these are cruelty-free and great for spring and summer:

SHOWstudio's stuffed tiger• A stuffed tiger on display in a London art gallery was once used alive by Alexander McQueen in a Puma ad last year. The stuffed tiger has been seized by Scotland Yard’s Wildlife Crime Unit under allegations that it was murdered for profit.Hint Magazine has the full article involving arrests, endangered species, and  a crackdown on the illegal animal trade bizarrely code-named Operation Charm.

Met officers confiscate a stuffed tiger from SHOWstudio in London

Starving Calves tied to a tractor and left to die were rescued by Farm Sanctuary two nights ago. Due to their dire condition, the calves were administered emergency electrolytes while in transit to Cornell University Animal Hospital, where they received urgent medical attention. If you would like to help supply urgent funds to help them, click here.

Emergency Rescue!

Matt & Natt has some more new vegan accessories for men featuring recycled-soda-bottle faux-suede lining.

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• Activists from the Animal Protection & Rescue League will descend upon Telepan, a restaurant that claims to care about animals, on March 27 from 7 p.m. till 9 p.m to protest the restaurant’s selling of Foie Gras, a cruel product made by of force-feeding geese through a pipe until their livers become diseased and grow to 12-times their normal size. New York Magazine’s Grub-Street cover’s the story in their typically snarky way. Please go and leave comments in response to things in the comment section like “I’ve seen geese “force-fed” several times, and they loved every minute of it...I don’t think I’ve ever seen happier geese” or “The Center for Constitutional Rights said….” or  “They should try some foie gras, maybe they wouldn’t be as cranky…” or “I suppose we could respect each other’s decisions.” Hasn’t some genius invented a soundboard to respond to the same stupid things over and over? I feel like a broken record half the time.

Ducking Controversy: Telepan Readies for Visit From Pâté Police

Madeline Bistro, Los Angeles

Madeline Bistro blew my mind! The Beet Tartar over a soft, smoky “cheese” had me moaning, the Truffled Mac & “Cheese ” with Smoked Mushrooms (that taste better than bacon) made me stand up and sit back down, and the Bigger Maque tasted so similar and so much better than it’s namesake that my skeptical apprehension of “how good can a veggie burger really be?” was swallowed, along with the stack of organic lettuce, “cheese”, pickles, and onions on a three-part artisan bun. But it wasn’t over. A Chocolate Souffle and special cream-filled Ding Dong finished off the experience that was nothing short of religious.

Chef David Anderson and Molly Anderson are geniuses, and if you have not eaten at Madeline’s and you live near Los Angeles, then you must go. See their brunch menu, lunch menu, dinner menu, and wine and beverages.

Take a look at my dishes, and forgive the romantic dim lighting (and check Quarry Girl’s amazing photos from her bright daytime Brunch!):

Brunch at Flore, Silver Lake, Los Angeles

Eating a delicious brunch on a sunny sidewalk surrounded by friends and rescued pooches is a pitch I’d like to send to the universe for my afterlife.

Thankfully, I got to have this pleasure in the material world in Los Angeles this week while dining at Flore in Silver Lake. If you are a sandwich-lover, or a weekend-bruncher, this is your new go-to spot. And if you have pups that like to eat the crumbs you drop (or the full plates of brown rice and veggies you order for them) there’s no need to leave them home.

The menu was extensive, but we agreed to share everything and ordered the Veggie Frittatta, Daily Soup, Crispy Kale, Tempeh Reuben, Tempeh Tu-No Melt, and the Eastsider  Seitan Tacos. Everything was delish, but the highlight was the outstanding Frittatta, which was a delicious egg-free quiche with broccoli, mushrooms, onion and kale. It was crisp and golden on the outside, and tender and savory on the inside. The vegan butter-cream chocolate cupcake was also fist-slam-against-the-table-worthy. More, please!  Look at what we ate, and don’t drool on your keyboard: